The number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Denton County saw a sharp decline at the end of August after two weeks of sustained growth.

Denton County health officials reported 822 new cases since Aug. 28, down from roughly 1,000 new cases that were confirmed in the seven reporting days ending Aug. 27.

In southeast Denton County, hundreds of people were known to have an active case of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a number that has been in decline for two weeks in these cities. Here is how the active cases break down by city in Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage area.

Lewisville: 267 active cases, 1,379 recoveries, 16 deaths

Flower Mound: 88 active cases, 521 recoveries, 1 death

Highland Village: 24 active cases, 97 recoveries, 3 deaths

The number of confirmed cases is partly dependent on the number of tests administered, which is why the state tracks positivity rate as one of its key indicators.

The state's weekly positivity rate has dropped below 10% for the first time since mid-June. The state hit its record high of 24% on Aug. 11 and has generally declined since.

The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of positive new cases compared with the number of tests conducted. Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said that a rate of 10% or more is cause for concern.

Here is a look at the rate since early April.